Trivia Tuesday: Arizona Cardinals 100-yard receivers

Trivia Tuesday: Arizona Cardinals 100-yard receivers

Things haven’t started the way anybody would want for the 2018 Arizona Cardinals, so as a bit of therapy, we thought we’d remember some happier (or at least more productive) times.

Through three games, the Cardinals’ leading receiver (in terms of yards) is rookie Christian Kirk with 121. That’s an average of just over 40 yards per game, or, in layman’s terms, not good.

So, in order to wash that unfortunate fact out of your brains, your Trivia Tuesday challenge this week is to name the 28 players in Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals history to have recorded at least one 100-yard receiving game.

We’ve given you the position of the player, the years he wore Cardinal red, the number of times each accomplished the feat and eight minutes on the clock — what more could you want?

Good luck!

Cardinals' Jermaine Gresham: Won't be active Sunday

Cardinals' Jermaine Gresham: Won't be active Sunday

Gresham (Achilles) is inactive for Sunday’s game versus the Redskins.

Gresham managed limited practices all week, only to be ruled out on the first game day of the season. The development isn’t a shock in the slightest considering he tore his Achilles in Week 17 of last year. With that knowledge, he may be closer to week-to-week than approaching a return to the field. While Gresham’s recovery continues, Ricky Seals-Jones should be the primary pass-catching tight end, even if he yields starts to Gabe Holmes, as he did in the preseason.

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Daily Red Sox Links: The All Baseball Fantasy Football Team

Daily Red Sox Links: The All Baseball Fantasy Football Team

I very nearly didn’t play fantasy football this year. A gradual disenchantment with the NFL and its policies about so many issues, coupled with a news cycle that just shoves the sport in my face, made me pretty apathetic this season. I was just fine letting a fantasy league that I have run for the last four years quietly disband until, while out to dinner with some friends in the league this past weekend, I was asked to kick things back into gear. Fast forward to last night, and the league is not only up and running but fully drafted.

As I was drafting, I got to wondering if it would be possible to draft only players with some connection to the sport I never tire of: baseball. I wasn’t able to pull it off entirely, but in doing some research, I think you could actually field a competitive team by just drafting guys with a connection to baseball, however thin that connection may be. Before we start, here are the conditions of this experiment.

  • This mock draft is based on an eight-team league, which I know is sacrilegious to some, but just bare with me.
  • I selected second in a snake-style draft, meaning I had the second overall pick and then the 15th, the 18th and so on and so forth
  • Lastly, I’m just drafting a starting lineup, so if you’re looking for deep bench additions, you won’t find them here.

First Round – David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals, RB

Johnson, who is the No. 3 overall player in ESPN’s rankings, missed pretty much all of last season with a wrist injury, but he had 2,118 all-purpose yards and 20 touchdowns in 2016. He also happens to share a very similar name to Davey Johnson, the former Washington Nationals manager who also played 13 years in the majors.

Second Round – Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers, RB

McCaffrey was a highly decorated college football player at Stanford before he became a fixture in the Panthers’ backfield as a rookie. But before he was at Stanford, he was a three-sport athlete, playing football, basketball and baseball. On top of all that, he is the No. 11 running back in ESPN’s fantasy rankings.

Third Round – Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks, QB

It might be a little early to go for a quarterback, but when you set the parameters I did for this draft, you have to take the baseball-playing football guys when you can. Wilson has definitely had a lot of success in the NFL, well except for that one time, but he can also pick it on the diamond, playing minor league baseball and even handling an at-bat with the Yankees this year. On second thought, maybe this was a bad idea.

Tom Brady could have also fit here as well. If you didn’t know, he was drafted by the Montreal Expos in 1995.

Fourth Round – Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs, TE

Kelce has some pop in his bat. Plus he’s had at least 80 receptions and 1,000 receiving yards in each of the last two seasons.

Fifth Round – Golden Tate, Detroit Lions, WR

Tate was drafted not once but twice in the MLB Draft. First by the Arizona Diamondbacks out of high school and then by the San Franscisco Giants out of Notre Dame. He decided to stay with football, which seems to be working out as he is entering his ninth NFL season.

Sixth Round – Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals, WR

That’s a pretty good first pitch.

Seventh Round – Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots, K

Here’s something I didn’t know until today. Gostkowski played baseball at the University of Memphis as well as football.

Eighth Round – Carolina Panthers, Defense

Obviously the entire Panthers’ roster does not feature players who can all handle themselves on a baseball field, but linebacker Shaq Thompson was actually drafted by the Red Sox in 2012 and even played in the Gulf Coast League. That’s good enough for me.

When you’re a coach for the Red Sox, you have to play multiple roles. (Chad Jennings; The Athletic) ($$)

Brandon Phillips is going to make it back to the bigs with the Sox. (Ian Browne; MLB.com)

A healthy Ian Kinsler means good things for the Red Sox. (Chris Cotillo; MassLive)

Because when he is playing well, the Red Sox have fewer things to worry about. (Nick Cafardo; Boston Globe)

Lessons from Labor Day. (Jayson Stark; The Athletic) ($$)

Cardinals announce a “major” press conference for Tuesday

Cardinals announce a “major” press conference for Tuesday

The Arizona Cardinals have announced that they will be making an announcement tomorrow.

Via Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic, the Cardinals will hold a “major” press conference on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. local time.

The obvious speculation is that the Cardinals will be unveiling a new contract with running back David Johnson. If that’s the case, no one has leaked anything to anyone who spends their time trying to find things out in the minutes and hours before those things are officially disclosed to the world.

Johnson is entering the final year of his rookie contract. His 2017 season ended up being lost, thanks to a wrist injury suffered in Week One against the Lions.

The former third-round pick didn’t hold out in an effort to get a new deal, and recent reports suggested that a new contract before the start of the regular season is unlikely.

Maybe with the money dished out in recent days to the likes of Odell Beckham, Aaron Rodgers, Aaron Donald, and Khalil Mack, Johnson’s demands suddenly didn’t seem so unreasonable to the Cardinals.

Rise Up, See Red Arizona Cardinals Training Camp Preview Podcast

Rise Up, See Red Arizona Cardinals Training Camp Preview Podcast

The Arizona Cardinals start training camp in just two days, meaning we are getting you ready for what is sure to be one of the most intriguing camps of the past five seasons.

So, Jess and I had to get together in order to get on the record for a number of topics.

It was a bit longer of a show, 1 hour and 13 minutes, but we have time stamps for all the questions and conversations on each topic.

Give it a listen and get ready for a new era in Arizona Cardinals football, the Steve Wilks era.

Camp preview topics and timestamps

Todd Gurley’s deal and its impact on David Johnson. (0:00)

3 players we are each watching in closely in camp. (22:00)

2018 breakout players for the Arizona Cardinals. (34:06)

Position battles that are intriguing for the Arizona Cardinals. (42:55)

Undrafted rookies you think have a chance to make the roster. (58:00)

Finally, the players you want to make roster but probably won’t (1:05:04)

Enjoy the best hour plus of Arizona Cardinals talk on the web.

Listen to the latest from Cards Wire’s Jess Root on the Rise Up, See Red podcast. Subscribe on Apple podcasts or Stitcher Radio.

David Johnson reports to Cardinals camp

David Johnson reports to Cardinals camp

Cardinals running back David Johnson didn’t take part in the team’s mandatory minicamp in June amid a push for a long-term extension, but he won’t be extending his absence into training camp.

Johnson posted a video of himself in front of his locker wearing a helmet on Monday, which is the reporting date for Cardinals rookies, quarterbacks and players coming off of injury. The Cardinals confirmed that Johnson, who missed almost all of last season with a wrist injury, is in the building.

Johnson captioned his video with “In Gods hands now … primed and ready to prove it!” That could be a reference to his health or to his contract, which Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim said in June was something the team looks forward to addressing. There was word that Johnson would get a new deal before the start of the season, but Keim is currently suspended as a result of his DUI arrest and that could change the timeframe to get a deal done.

Johnson is set to make $1.88 million in the fourth and final year of his rookie deal.